Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Phytolacca americana

Raisin d’Amérique
Poke Weed

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

white

Flower size

5-6 mm

Flowering months

June,

July,

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

1 – 2.5 m

Description

Smooth, hollow, purplish stems on a large fleshy root. Dies back to its roots in winter. An invasive plant.

Native Americans introduced this herb to the settlers for medicinal purposes. The name Poke Weed is derived from an American Indian word, ‘pocan’.

Flowers

The flowers are borne in upright or drooping terminal racemes, 5-20 cm long.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Oval to long, wider in the middle, pointed, 1-2.5 cm long.

Fruits Seeds

Berry: first green, then red, eventually black, 1 cm.

Medical

Roots: used as an emetic and as a remedy for venereal disease. In the 19th century it was discovered that Poke Weed has a constituent called Poke Weed Mitogen factor (PWM) which is employed for immunological purposes in modern medicine.

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